MOOG Guitar Model E1 in black with additional MIDI interface, now discontinued. It's is tricky to play but perseverance has lent a unique tone and expression to tracks on the Electrolite EP and my new solo album. No matter what they say, you can't use it as a 'standard' instrument, but would you want to - nothing else sounds like it?
Since its introduction at the Summer NAMM trade show in 2008, the Moog Guitar has received numerous industry honors including Guitar Player Magazine's 2009 Reader's Choice Award, Electronic Musician Magazine's 2009 Editor's Choice Award, 2008 Summer NAMM "Best In Show" honors, a 2008 “Best of What’s New Award” from Popular Science magazine and a 2009 Mix Foundation TEC Award. More importantly, it has inspired players to new creative heights, and opened the door to totally new forms of expression with a guitar.
Designer Paul Vo visioned that it could be used as a 'standard guitar'. I am afraid he's wrong. The pickups, which contain coils to excite or deaden the strings don't cut the mustard and therefore it's a real specialist, tool. But what a tool...
I have used this guitar on my latest album, 'The Knife' and the Electrolite EP, specifically the middle eight guitar figure in 'Come Home'. For this I teamed it up with a Stomp Under Foot 'Red Menace' (Big Muff style fuzz) and the Van Weelden TwinkleLand.
Take a listen and enjoy!